“I think you’ve got an awful lot riding on a rookie (pitcher) here tonight. If you lose tonight – you are watching your final home game of the season. This is not coming back if you go down to San Francisco 0-2. So, your entire postseason run hinges on the next nine innings plus. And you’ve got a rookie out there – and that’s an awful lot of pressure for a rookie to be under.”
Damon Bruce, sports talk host at 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, talking to Bob Fescoe Wednesday morning, 610 AM
GH: Bruce was a great guest for Fescoe’s morning show because he turned the radio screws tightly on Royals fans who are rooting for the boys in blue. He sure made me want the Royals to kick some Giant butt tonight.
“No, no, no. His side sessions have been dynamite. We’re real confident he’s going to come out and pitch a great game tomorrow.”
Ned Yost, when asked if he expects any lingering issues from Yordano Ventura from having to leave his last start due to some tightness in his arm, 610 AM G
H: Throw fire, Yordano. Undress these Giants like they were Minneapolis strippers.
“I’m more worried about scoring runs than Ventura right now.”
Aaron Swarts, 810 AM
GH: There was a LOT of talk about how James Shields did not deliver in his starring role but unless the Royals were going to hold San Fran to one run their bats were not beating Bumgarner on Salvy’s solo shot. The Royals will need to hit to win the World Series. Baseball eventually expects you to score to win.
“I think they’ve got to win tonight. I think they should win. There’s a lot of pressure. This is a very big game. I’m confident. I am very optimistic.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: I don’t have a clue what it going to happen but that’s what makes following your team fun. Okay, we lost. Until the Royals lose four times, I ain’t calling the season over. Plus, I have all this new World Series gear I need to wear somewhere! A quick total of what I have spent on the Royals (combined on what was spent on me) the past two weeks is now over $2,000. And that is likely light for anyone who went to even one game.
“(Shields) looked like a pitcher who hadn’t pitched in 11 days.”
Steve Physioc, after Shields and the Royals dropped the World Series opener 7-1 to the Giants, Royals Radio
GH: I do not understand this excuse for any pitcher. Shields has been pitching since he could fit into a baseball uniform. Eleven days off is a GOOD thing for a pitcher who eats innings. He just got clubbed by the Giants. He needs to do better or the Royals will likely lose. And yes, I agree with Ned that he needs to start Game 5. He’s Big Game James and that’s why we traded Wil Myers for him. Play the man.
“I didn’t say it but at 3-0 (in the first inning) it was over. But it’s just one game and that’s why they play a best of seven.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: The atmosphere at The K was fabulous…and then the game started. Pfffft. Gone.
“From ELIAS: The team that wins Game 1 is 70-39 all-time in the World Series.”
Buster Olney, @Buster_ESPN, Twitter
“Since 1982, only 5 of 12 road teams to win Game 1 also have won the series. Food for thought.”
Ian Cahill, @iancahill, Twitter
“I don’t think the layoff had anything to do with the ball game tonight. I think it was Madison Bumgarner. He was fantastic.”
Ned Yost, answering a question about how the extended layoff after the ALCS sweep might have cooled the Royals, 610 AM
GH: I might be the only person who watched Bum and thought, I think the Royals can beat this guy. There were chances to score and some at-‘em balls that did not fall. Yes, he’s great and his postseason numbers are legendary but it looked to me like the light-hitting Royals might be able to crack him in San Francisco.
“Well, we never got on base.”
Ned Yost, after a reporter in the postgame presser asked how the Giants were able to disrupt the Royals running game, 610 AM
GH: The national media is not always better just because they live elsewhere.
“Don’t get too comfortable. Don’t get too, ‘Aw, it’s just one loss.’ You don’t know when you’re going to get this opportunity again.”
Josh Vernier, cautioning Royals fans on their overconfidence, 610 AM
GH: I have no idea who Vern thought he was talking to with these words of caution. Who in Kansas City is “too comfortable” after losing Game 1 of the World Series? SungWoo?
“SungWoo might turn on The Plaza lights! He’s reached that kind of fame.”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
“We’re all gonna feel real silly when it’s uncovered that Sung Woo actually lives in Lee’s Summit.”
Mick Shaffer, @mickshaffer, of TWC, Twitter
“The Giants – for whatever reason – don’t even realize this is the World Series. Talking to the players (Tuesday) was no different than talking to them in spring training.”
Damon Bruce, sports talk host at 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, 610 AM
GH: This is just BS and I wish Fescoe was sharp enough to call Bruce out on it when he laid this out there for Royals fans to ponder. The Giants aren’t any more relaxed than Ned Yost’s bunch or youngsters. Somebody introduce Bruce to Salvador Perez (between innings) if he wants to see somebody who doesn’t realize where he’s at.
“I think we don’t like the umpire crew or the announcer when we lose. I think Joe Buck is a lightning rod. I think anybody whose team is losing doesn’t like him.”
Soren Petro, in response to a caller who complained that Fox’s Joe Buck hater Kansas City because he is a St. Louis guy and National League fan, 810 AM
GH: I am not a Joe Buck fan but I don’t think he is prejudice in any way toward one team or another. That’s just not how network broadcasting egos work. Buck is simply rooting for a great story to unfold while he is in front of the mic – and almost nothing more.
“I can see how that could happen but you have to edit the news better than that!”
Henry Lake, responding to a tweet sent Tuesday night by KCTV 5 that urged World Series viewers to take a break from the game and watch their 10:00 PM newscast that highlighted a body found in a local lake, 610 AM
GH: Really, Channel 5? Lake mentioned that they deleted the tweet and apologized for its wording but…really?
“I can’t believe you were going to trade Jack Stack’s ribs for a turkey sandwich!” Carrington Harrison, after Danny Parkins finished a phone call with former Chiefs lineman, Geoff Schwartz, who favored the Giants over the Royals, 610 AM
GH: Parkins assured Harrison that this NYC turkey sandwich was more than he made it sound but Harrison’s point was a good one. Manhattan was sold for a few bags of beads but if Jack Stack’s beans and cheesy corn would have been around we might have been able to buy Canada as well.
I took my camera to Game 1 of the World Series and took pics in the parking lot and inside The K. Kansas City people are great fun. I hope these photos relay that thought. Here is a link to my pics on Picasa.
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